Alcohol and Drug Resources & Support

The Eckerd College Office of Advocacy and Prevention Services provides hotline links, fact sheets, and on-campus support for drug and alcohol education. Substance abuse happens to people of all walks of life.

Immediate Help

Off-campus Resources

On-campus Resources


We hope that the image or physical presence of a lava lamp across campus (at events, in publications, posters, etc.) will come to serve as a reminder for everyone in the campus community of the importance of bystander intervention. While a lava lamp is not directly connected to the concept of bystander intervention, it is a symbol that Eckerd community members look out for each other and care about each other’s well being. It’s a little quirky, but that’s exactly why we chose it. The lava lamp represents a calm mindset and environment. Lava lamps can be present in a room or office without being flashy or distracting and they are always quietly working in the background. Bystander intervention can work the same way. We can always keep an eye out for friends and colleagues who may need support or someone to step up and help. Offering support can be done subtly and without drama, and will always be appreciated.

Like the lava lamp, you can contribute to creating an environment where everyone feels safe and supported. Find out more and get involved at!

Get Involved: Education & Student Programs

We can host a discussion, plan a fun and educational event, or provide you with resources. Students interested in working with our office or addressing related topics through coursework are encouraged to connect with us as well. Please reach out to to discuss ideas for collaboration or let us know how we can support your programs!

Images: Alcohol education tabling event outside of Triton Pub and a Green Flag activity for bystander intervention

Words Matter

When talking to others who may be struggling with different substance issues, try using words that lead to less stigma.

  • Instead of alcoholism, use alcohol use disorder.

  • Instead of recovering alcoholic, use person in recovery.

  • Instead of addict, use person with alcohol or substance use disorder.

  • Instead of abuser or drunk, use person who misuses alcohol or substances.

Using words like this can help a person's willingness to get better, instead of feeling judged.

Know Your Limits

Know Your Limits is run by students to promote a fun and safe environment on campus. Follow their Instagram account for more information.